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Red Rock West (1993)

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Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.

Director:

John Dahl

Writers:

John Dahl, Rick Dahl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Michael
Craig Reay ... Jim
Vance Johnson Vance Johnson ... Mr. Johnson
Robert Apel Robert Apel ... Howard
Bobby Joe McFadden Bobby Joe McFadden ... Old Man
J.T. Walsh ... Wayne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Suzanne
Dale Gibson ... Kurt
Ted Parks Ted Parks ... Cashier
Babs Bram Babs Bram ... Receptionist
Robert Guajardo Robert Guajardo ... Doctor
Sarah Sullivan Sarah Sullivan ... Nurse
Timothy Carhart ... Deputy Greytack
Dan Shor ... Deputy Bowman
Dennis Hopper ... Lyle
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Storyline

When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go wrong, and soon get worse when he runs into the real hitman, Lyle. Written by Rob Hartill

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...All Roads Lead To Intrigue. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1993 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Conspiració a Red Rock West See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,502,551
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dennis Hopper's character drives a 1973 Buick Riviera See more »

Goofs

When Lyle shoots the window out of the car, the next shot shows the hammer of the automatic pistol down. Firing the weapon would have caused it to be cocked. Additionally, no cartridge shell was ejected; in reality, one would have hit the windshield on the inside of the car. See more »

Quotes

Lyle: Don't piss on the seat, even if they did. It's bad luck.
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks: Mom & Dad See more »

Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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STRANGERS AN HOUR AGO
Written by John Brannen, David Malloy & Spady Brannan
Performed by John Brannen
Courtesy of Mercury Records Nashville
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Pleasantly Murderous
30 July 2004 | by Terrell-4See all my reviews

A basically decent drifter (Nicolas Cage) lands in the tiny town of Red Rock, Wyoming, looking for work. When he stops in the bar, the bar owner (J. T. Walsh) asks why he took so long and asks him to step in the back office so they can discuss the job. Cage plays along, then discovers the work is to kill the bar owner's wife. He takes the money, drives out to the ranch to warn the wife (Laura Flynn Boyle), and starts to leave town. Problems arise and he returns to town in time to witness the real hit man (Dennis Hopper) arrive. Things go downhill for the Cage character after that.

This is an excellent, convoluted, well-acted and offbeat mystery. Funny, too. Cage never knows what's happening, but everybody else assumes he does. Dennis Hopper again plays a charming semi-psycho but he hadn't patented the style yet so it seems fresh. J. T. Walsh was a great character actor who died young. He's outstanding as the bar owner...who also happens to be the sheriff. He has one or two other secrets as well. And if Boyle doesn't rev your engine, you may need a tune up. She's more ruthless than the lot of them.


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